4th Annual Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival

The 4th Annual Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival happens August 16th, 2014.

The 4th Annual Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival happens August 16th, 2014.

The 4th Annual Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival  is paddling into Miramichi via the Rotary Club of Chatham!

On August 16th, 2014 the Miramichi River will be alive with the anticipation of spectators and over 1000 participants racing for the Dragon Boat Glory! There will be lots of great entertainment, vendors, prizes and fun for all ages. Dragon Boat racing is a long-standing Chinese cultural tradition dating back 2,400 years. It began as a ceremony held to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, a minister of State in ancient China. Today, Dragon Boat racing is the source of annual rituals and festivals celebrated around the world. It is one of the fastest growing team based water sports with approximately 50 million participants in over 60 countries.

The race is a 200 metre course lasting approximately two minutes starting at the Rodd Hotel and ending at Waterford Green. Teams consist of 24 people, including 20 paddlers, 3 spares, a drummer, and one professional steers person who will safely guide the 46’ boat. Every team has one training session and at least two races at the festival. The race is suitable for those 16 and over from all fitness levels. The entry fee for a team is $1500 (aproximately $63 per person) and team members will be challenged to raise as much money as possible. For information on the Miramichi Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, please contact the Rotary Club of Chatham at . The deadline for team registration is August 4th.

The time has come for sponsors and teams to sign up for our 4th Annual Festival! This is the only major regional water event on the Miramichi River! The Dragon Boat Festival promises to be fun from morning to night. Please join us August 16th, 2014 for a fun-filled team building event of good sportsmanship. All money raised will assist community projects supported by the Rotary Club of Chatham.

Schedule of Events

5 am – Sunrise Ceremony
8:45 am – Opening Ceremonies
9 am – Races start
11:30 am – Carnation Ceremony
4 pm – Medal Ceremony

Throughout the day there will be games for kids, food vendors, 50/50 draws and so much more!

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